“When is that doggone pizza oven going to be up and running?” seems to be a favorite question these days among some YLP members.
After all, Executive Chef David Pol gave us all a tantalizing preview of the pies at one of the Town Halls earlier this year.
Well, turns out that in order to crank out great big pizzas on an everyday basis for dine-in and pickup customers, the oven area needs to be enclosed to protect the food and ingredients, keep out bees, etc.
With an eye on limiting the expense of this project — which is expected to pay for itself within the first year of operation — YLOA Director Ken Sartain stepped up to lead a volunteer project to design and build a gazebo-like, screened enclosure. He’s getting help from five or six others.
In recent weeks, he discovered that a section of joists holding up the deck near the oven had rotted. He had to replace and strengthen that section first. Now, he has placed 4×4 posts upon which the gazebo will stand, and construction should proceed more rapidly.
No promises are being made about an opening date, but it should come within a few weeks, and the pizza oven will definitely be serving up savory delights for a long time to come. We’ll keep you posted!